Volvo 850 Saloon
  • Economy


    4 out of 5 4.0

    all the conceivable extras I wanted in a second hand car, more than most new cars have but button layout is a bit scattershot.


    5 out of 5 5.0

    a bargain family car, look carefully for a good one that has been looked after like the one I have, its in mint condition and cost only a couple of thousand.

  • On the road


    5 out of 5 5.0

    Probably the best motorway ride I have ever had, the car cruised at speeds and never even twitched, after owning many other different makes and models of car I would recommend.


    4 out of 5 4.0

    Fuel economy is good in economy mode, but can be thirsty if you have a heavy foot, especially in the sports mode.

  • Living with it


    5 out of 5 5.0

    Excellent. Have only had to buy a brake bulb and wipers in the last 18 months, and that was for the MoT.


    3 out of 5 3.0

    Still a good looking car but dated compared to the new batch of Volvo, as the nickname goes "the flying brick" , but if it wasn't for this car saving Volvo the new breed wouldn't be here.


    4 out of 5 4.0

    As stated before a fantastic drive on the motorway, but can be a bit harsh on urban roads.

  • Security and Service


    3 out of 5 3.0

    Quite good when the key fob works, deadlocks on most models which has to be operated by the passenger side door lock, but who is likely to pinch one of these when there are newer more desirable models.


    5 out of 5 5.0

    Servicing can be reasonable from local garages, but not from main dealers.

  • Problems and Ownership



    None, engines are bombproof, they have to suffer the Swedish weather which is worse than ours.



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